Place:Porthtowan, Cornwall, England

Coordinates50.2823°N 5.2368°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoPenwith Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Redruth Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1934
Camborne-Redruth, Cornwall, Englandurban district of which it was part 1934-1974
Illogan, Cornwall, Englandparish and civil parish of which it was a part
St. Agnes (near Redruth), Cornwall, Englandcivil parish of which it is a part
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Porthtowan (meaning "cove of sand dunes") is a small village in St. Agnes (near Redruth) Parish, Cornwall, England. Porthtowan is on Cornwall's north Atlantic coast about 2 km (1.2 mi) west of St Agnes, 4 km (2.5 mi) north of Redruth, 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Truro and 15 km (9.3 mi) south-west of Newquay. It is a coastal area with good surfing and many former mines some of whose stacks and engine houses dot the landscape.

Porthtowan was a village in the parish of St. Agnes and was therefore located in Redruth Rural District 1894-1934 and Camborne-Redruth Urban District 1934-1974.

The Wikipedia article includes descriptions of seven former mines in the vicinity of the village: South Wheal Towan, Tywarnhayle Mine, Tywarnhayle Stannary, Wheal Coates, Wheal Ellen, Wheal Lushington, and Wheal Towan.

Research Tips

One of the many maps available on A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Cornwall at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets.

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  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
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